Half Life 3 or Half Life 2: Episode 3?
Which is it, Half Life 3 or Half Life 2: Episode 3? There seems to be mixed ideas about what the next Half Life game will be. Some believe it will be a full featured game with new weapons, characters, maps, multiplayer mode, and maybe a new or modified game engine. Others believe it will be the final Episode to Half Life 2 that was promised to fans many years ago. Then you have some who use HL 3 as a synonym to the next HL content release, regardless if it’s Episode 3 or a full retail game.
I thought to consider myself to fall in the “I don’t care, I just want to see another Half Life release.” group, but I think I would rather see a complete brand new game. If it hasn’t been so long (years) since Episode 2, I would be pushing more for Episode 3. I bought into Valve’s idea of episodic gaming and welcomed playing new short content. It was an interesting concept and HL 2 was the hot new game with the perfect story in place to pull it off. But here we are, years after HL2 with no signs of a new HL in the pipeline. I think releasing EP 3 would be a slap in the face to us fans. Almost like, throwing us a bone or giving us table scraps to hold us over. It’s a risky move, because if Episode 3 is released and falls short of expectations, it will certainly leave a sour taste in people’s mouth for any future Half Life releases. EP 3 will have immensely high expectations and if it doesn’t deliver what fans expect/want, then how likely are they to purchase a full retail standalone in the form of Half Life 3? I think Valve would be better off skipping Episode 3 and going straight to HL 3.
When you talk about Half Life 3 are you referring to the next full featured stand alone game, or any future release including Episode 3? What do you want to see, Episode 3 or Half Life 3?